Once again, Florida’s highest court held that the state’s death penalty law is constitutional. This October ruling came after the state of Florida amended its previous death penalty law as a response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. In January of 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s unique capital sentencing system was unconstitutional….

According to the Miami New Times, Florida police officers are capable of flouting the law and engaging in illegal behavior, all while being able to continue working. Much of this analysis hinges on the fact that Florida has an “Officers’ Bill of Rights” statue, which some believe skews heavily in favor of law enforcement. As…

More than 2.2 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and more than 155,000 of those individuals are imprisoned in the state of Florida. Despite the fact Florida’s crime rate is falling, the incarceration rate remains too high as the prison system struggles with the rising annual costs of prison operation. As with so…

Failing to understand the importance of bankruptcy petition may cost you the right to appeal in state court. This is the takeaway lesson of the case of Hewett v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. as Trustee, No. 2D15–1074, 2016 WL 3065014 (Fla. 2d DCA June 1, 2016, which reminds Floridians of the need to work with a…

Florida’s controversial death-penalty law managed to survive a recent appeal to a Florida appeals panel. The panel reversed a lower court ruling, allowing the state’s pending prosecution of death penalty cases to continue after a new sentencing law went into effect in April of 2016.  The state of Florida brought this consolidated case to the…

Netflix’s Making a Murderer has captivated the minds and imaginations of America, resulting in viewers demanding a pardon for Steven Avery. The documentary reveals that Mr. Avery was wrongfully convicted for a sexual assault conviction in 1985, and he served 18 years of that sentence until DNA evidence exonerated him. Then, in 2007, he was convicted…

Florida’s new 25 laws effective in July 2015 cover a wide gamut of crimes. From sex trafficking and cyberharrassment to highway safety and more, these new laws are well-defined and targeted to curb crime in the state. Prostitution and Human Trafficking Those who solicit others to commit prostitution face increased criminal penalties under HB 465….

On January 25, 2015, a five-day “stand-your-ground” hearing is scheduled to begin in the case of former police captain, Curtis Reeves. The charges stem from the shooting death of Chad Oulson by Reeves in a Tampa movie theater in January 2014. Reeves and his wife, as well as Oulson and his wife, were all waiting…

To date, there have been nearly 300 mass U.S. shootings this year, including the Lafayette movie theater shooting, the Charleston church shooting and the naval base shooting in the U.S. capital. And fresh off the heels of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon college, Northwest Florida lawmakers Republican Matt Gaetz and Senator Don Gaetz…

No one wants to hear the words “We find the defendant guilty!” in a court room, but it happens to hundreds of people every day. And when that life-changing even occurs, a person might have a few days or weeks to adjust, or he may get put into handcuffs and incarcerated that very day. In…

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